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Many people will have seen Massadio Haidara stretchered off after an awful tackle by Callum McManaman in the Wigan Athletic vs Newcastle United game last weekend.

But this week, the Football Association announced they could not punish McManaman as the officials on the day saw the tackle and no free-kick was given at the time.

Callum McManaman's dangerous tackle on Massadio Haidara last weekend

Callum McManaman’s dangerous tackle on Massadio Haidara last weekend

This whole saga that has been going on all week has resulted in many key figures, including PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor, calling for a disciplinary review panel. The current rules mean that the FA cannot take action on a case such as the McManaman tackle if the officials see the incident during the game. Unfortunately, as the referee on the day (Mark Halsey) didn’t decide to punish the player for the horrendous tackle, it means he will get away without any type of ban or fine.

But anyway, what about Haidara? He has already undergone one scan and is set to undergo another one by the end of the week. Hopefully, after the diagnosis, the injury will turn out to be a lot less serious than it looked. The tackle was on his knee, which means he could have damaged any of his ligaments which can sometimes result in a season on the sidelines. That would be extremely unfortunate for a player who has only made two substitute appearances for Newcastle since joining in January as part of the “French Revolution”. He also looks like a great player and another great find by the Newcastle scouts.

Back to McManaman, who is extremely lucky for getting away with this and escaping any sort of suspension. He hasn’t released any sort of statement about the incident but he obviously wasn’t trying to injure Haidara. His tackle was just poor and as a result he is now the villain and no matter what he says, he will be judged for his actions. I think the problem is that even though there was no intention in the tackle, people will see that he has got away with what would normally be a red card. Because the FA can do nothing about the tackle, McManaman will be targeted by fans and in my opinion this is unfair. It wasn’t the player’s fault he hasn’t received a ban; It’s the FA’s fault for not reviewing the tackle and taking the matter into their own hands.

I hope the FA get the message from fans and players and look back on this tackle and also change the way they handle these kind of cases because unfortunately problems like this are going to ruin the game.

Post written by Elliot Bourdais
Blog: Look into football, Twitter: @LookIntoFoot_

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